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The BayWa r.e. EPC Network Meeting Wind GmbH

27–28 June 2018 in Kilb

The EPC Network Meeting (EPC = engineering, procurement and construction) is held once a year at different venues and is attended by employees from BayWa r.e. subsidiaries all over Europe.

Following the meetings in Munich and Naples, it soon became clear where the next meeting would be held: in the vicinity of our extremely logistically challenging mountain-based project, the Herrenstein wind farm. We therefore had the honour of hosting BayWa r.e.’s EPC meeting this year.

No sooner had we started putting the rough outline of the event together than Austria became the centre of everyone’s attention. Shortly afterwards, before we’d even have time to finalise the programme, colleagues from Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland and the UK announced that they were coming. When we found out that one of our colleagues from the United States was making the long journey, it became clear that we had to pull all the stops out in terms of planning.

Excitement mounted noticeably and by the time 27 June was here, we were ready.
Once all participants had arrived under their own steam, the 23-strong group was ferried by bus from the hotel in St. Pölten to the reception in Fohrafeld. The welcome was followed by a work-related session, which gave each nationality the chance to present their current topics and projects and underline the challenges that they face. The AAG presentation was followed by a tour of the company – allowing participants to see what had previously been discussed in the meeting room for themselves. The evening meal – an honour to the Janker family, who were responsible for the catering – had to be moved from the inner courtyard due to the threat of bad weather, but this didn’t put a damper on our high spirits. Since the thunderstorm had passed us by, we were able to spend an enjoyable evening networking outside.

Day two – which was the main part of the event – took us to Herrenstein wind farm, which we reached via the access roads used for transporting the turbine parts. Participants not only stopped to wonder at the location of turbine number 5 in terms of the construction challenges that it had posed, but also to admire the panoramic view from turbine number 1. Outstanding weather conditions meant that we were able to make out and admire the surrounding wind farms and mountain peaks. To keep hunger pangs at bay, we then drove on to the Rablkreuz hut, where Franz, the landlord, catered to our every need. Guests filled up on schnitzel and kaiserschmarren, while listening to presentations by Prangl and Vestas representatives. In the restaurant-turned-auditorium, our group – now having grown to 37 – enjoyed an impressive talk on Prangl’s special transport and lifting solutions. The Vestas presentation, however, really brought home to us how proud the turbine manufacturer is of this turnkey project and how much interest this mountaintop project has raised within the Vestas company itself.

We brought the day to a close in the Rendlkeller in St. Pölten – grateful to enjoy a quiet seat as we enjoyed our food and drink on this warm summer evening. Many new contacts were made and partnerships were strengthened during this all-round successful event. We are looking forward to finding out who will be hosting the event next year.
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